The Resource Knowing and seeing : groundwork for a new empiricism, Michael Ayers

Knowing and seeing : groundwork for a new empiricism, Michael Ayers

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Knowing and seeing : groundwork for a new empiricism
Title
Knowing and seeing
Title remainder
groundwork for a new empiricism
Statement of responsibility
Michael Ayers
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What is knowledge? What, if anything, can we know? In Knowing and Seeing, Michael Ayers recovers the insight in the traditional distinction between knowledge and belief, according to which 'knowledge' stems from direct and perspicuous cognitive contact with ('seeing') its object, whereas 'belief' relies on 'extraneous' justification. He conducts a careful phenomenological analysis of what it is to perceive one's environment as one's environment, the result of which is not only direct realism, but recognition that in being perceptually aware of anything we are at the same time perceptually aware of how we are aware of it. Perceptual knowing comes with knowing how you know. Some other forms of knowledge are similarly direct and perspicuous, but not all; a distinction is accordingly drawn between primary and secondary knowledge, and Ayers argues that no secondary knowledge is possible without some primary knowledge. Perceptual knowledge supplies the paradigm to which other cases of knowledge are diversely analogous - hence the notorious difficulty of defining knowledge. These conclusions, supported by a detailed examination of the relations between different grammatical constructions in which 'know', 'believe' and 'see' occur, fuel extended critiques of two lines of thought influential in contemporary epistemology: John McDowell's conceptualist and intellectualist account of perceptual knowledge, and Fred Dretske's 'externalist' employment of sceptical argument. Ayers unpicks the arguments for these other views, explains the failure of recent attempts at a comprehensive definition of knowledge, explores the tight relation between knowledge and certainty, and gives an account of how 'defeasibility' should and should not be understood in epistemology."--
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Ayers, Michael
Index
index present
LC call number
B816
LC item number
.A94 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Empiricism
  • Perception (Philosophy)
Label
Knowing and seeing : groundwork for a new empiricism, Michael Ayers
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Knowledge, belief, and perception -- Knowledge and belief from Plato to Locke -- Perception and primary knowledge -- Conceptualism and perceptual knowledge -- Internal and external objects of cognition -- Part II. Scepticism -- Scepticism, certainty, and defeasibility -- Scepticism and externalism -- Conclusions
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 211 pages
Isbn
9780198833567
Lccn
2018959695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1055458930
  • (OCoLC)on1055458930
Label
Knowing and seeing : groundwork for a new empiricism, Michael Ayers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Knowledge, belief, and perception -- Knowledge and belief from Plato to Locke -- Perception and primary knowledge -- Conceptualism and perceptual knowledge -- Internal and external objects of cognition -- Part II. Scepticism -- Scepticism, certainty, and defeasibility -- Scepticism and externalism -- Conclusions
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 211 pages
Isbn
9780198833567
Lccn
2018959695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1055458930
  • (OCoLC)on1055458930

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